Millions of people are fascinated with their genealogy, and many spend a substantial amount of time and effort tracing their heritage back to earlier ancestors. A member of my family assembled a family tree that went back several generations and sent it around to family members. It was interesting to look at the names of my ancestors and learn a bit of history about where they lived and when they migrated from Europe to America.
But a while back, after mentally picturing myself on the family tree, I suddenly revolted at the idea. I thought, “I’m not on that family tree. I did not descend from mortal ancestors. I am a child of God, born of Spirit!” I realized that my “family tree,” could never be found in a mortal ancestry. Man is not born of a mortal. Man is born of God. I could not learn anything about myself as a child of God, the offspring of Spirit, from studying a mortal ancestry.
As I pondered this insight more, I saw that if we accept a mortal ancestry as our heritage, we are also liable to accept shortcomings and diseases from those ancestors handed down to us. “My father had a short temper, so I have a short temper. My grandmother had heart disease, so I have heart disease,” and so on, are all symptoms of buying into the belief system of inheriting a mortal past.
From a mortal point of view, mortals have ancestors. But from a spiritual point of view, man is an immortal born of God with a pure spiritual heritage. For the sake of success in spiritual healing, our spiritual heritage from God is the only one to claim.
God is man’s Father-Mother, the one and only creator, sustainer, maintainer and health determiner.
Man does not evolve from man over time. Man is the reflection of God.
With God, there is no family tree. There is perfect God, and perfect man reflecting God’s presence here and now.
“In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being” Science and Health, p. 63.”